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Artist-Educator Residency 2021-22

Description & Qualifications

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is pleased to announce the inaugural CMA Artist-Educator Residency, a new residency that invites four individuals each year to design, implement, and reflect on the efficacy of arts education through intensive-studio, community-based, and online exposure. Spearheaded by Executive Director Seth Cameron, this initiative underscores CMA’s renewed focus on arts education by shifting away from the traditional museum model towards an experimental, artist centered approach. Artists in residence will participate in regular meetings led by Cameron. 

At CMA, we believe that all children are artists and like their adult counterparts, it’s in the studio that they develop new ways of seeing, experiencing, and responding to the world. Artist-Educator Residents will be actively involved in co-research, co-inquiry, and co-reflection with children artists for the betterment of arts education at large. Residents will engage in all aspects of the studio and community while being supported by CMA’s Director of Creative Practices, in the development and implementation of their respective experimental curriculum.

Residents will enjoy use of CMA’s facility, professional development and an opportunity to present a final project to the public. Artists of all ages at any point in their careers, from emerging to established, are invited to apply through August 20, 2021.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: CMA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. 

Background:

Children’s Museum of the Arts is not a school, a community organization, or even a museum in the traditional sense. Over its 33 year history it has been a hub of experimentation with different frameworks of arts education, touching upon many established ideological priorities, as well as evolving its own philosophical approach of inspiring children to cherish and develop creativity as a mode of learning and growth. As we reopen our institution it is imperative that we continue to constitute our identity as a site of perpetual experimentation in arts education – asking over and over again, what and how should arts education be? What is the role of working Artists in this endeavor and how can we support their investigations and practices while simultaneously nurturing the inherent creativity of children.

Artists in residence will adapt their in-person programming and curriculum for CMA’s signature education platform, Look Make Show. They will be expected to  write, develop and produce original content using studio interactions and individual practices as a launchpad. Residents will be offered studio space at CMA to develop their practice during hours that the Museum is not open to the public (weekdays 9 AM to 2 PM), a dedicated media lab for production and a studio assistant during after school and public hours.

Successful candidates will have proven experience in some combination of the following: 

Fine Arts, Painting, Sculpting, Drawing, Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Performing Arts, specifically Improvisational and Sketch Comedy, Puppetry , Filmmaking, Animation, Sound Design, Set Design, working creatively with children individually and in group environments. Ideal candidates are collaborative, adaptive, creative, and outgoing.

Responsibilities:

— Oversee CMA’s Open Studio Experience and work directly with children artists

— Develop creative curriculum and provide feedback on artistic processes 

— Support the production of CMA’s Look Make Show through content creation, film editing and script writing

— Attend in-person and/or virtual professional development workshops 

— Submit curriculum, reflections, final films, visual documentation, and any other required paperwork to Programs team by a required due date

— Communicate effectively with staff and adhere to CMA’s procedures and employee handbook  

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

— Thrives in a team, demonstrates the ability to build and cultivate relationships and work effectively with diverse groups, comfortable learning from and providing critical feedback

— Enjoys working hard, embraces challenges, is a resourceful problem-solver, and demonstrates a strong ability to synthesize diverse ideas

— Must demonstrate an eagerness to learn and and incorporate new tools, techniques and strategies into programming

— Demonstrates knowledge of art history and contemporary art

— Must be comfortable in front of the camera

— Demonstrated ability to inspire and work with groups of children of all ages (1-12 years old) and their caregivers across a range of art related practices required

— Ability to scaffold and pace instruction for a variety of ages, developmental/physical abilities and settings

— BA, BFA in creative writing, fine art, theater, design, education, or related field preferred

How to Apply

Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/mnTEoJaSRet4P6Ec6

Salary: $40,000 + benefits 

Schedule: 32 hours / week (60% direct service, 40% administration / production)

Residency Period: September 23, 2021 to September 22, 2022

Orientation: September 8, 2021

Applications Open: July 28, 2021

Information Session: August 12 and 13, 2021

Applications Close: Midnight, August 20, 2021

Total Residents Selected: 4

Notifications to all applicants will be made via email on August 30, 2021

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Description and Qualifications

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is looking for a highly organized, self-directed, and motivated individual to join our team as the Executive Assistant / Office Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position works across all departments to support the day-to-day operations of the museum. CMA is looking for an individual who can handle a wide range of responsibilities efficiently and in an organized manner. At a critical time in the museum’s history, this is a great entry-level position for someone who wants to learn the inner workings of an expanding cultural institution.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Office Management

— Assist Executive Director with administrative work for board, committee, donor, and partnership meetings, including preparation and coordination of meetings, research and assembly of materials, recording meeting minutes, and other related requests

— Research sponsorship opportunities across CMA programs and arrange beneficial in-kind and other corporate partnerships, in collaboration with the Marketing and Development Teams

— Manage independent projects as assigned, including prospect research, administrative projects, and data analysis

— Follow up on items delegated to staff by Executive Director to assess progress and ensure deadlines are met, update Executive Director on status of projects and other relevant issues

— Open and sort mail, forward materials to appropriate departments, and provide essential administrative support for Executive Director and senior staff as required

— Develop office procedures and systems, including files and oversee maintenance of systems

— Support the Executive Director with all IT, office equipment, and technical needs, liaising with IT consultant and staff

— Manage contact with outside cleaning companies, maintain facility supplies and repair lists, and coordinate repairs with outside contractors

— Answer general email and phone inquiries

— Undertake other office administrative tasks as required

Board Liaison

— Schedule meetings, prepares packets, and coordinates any technical requirements and hospitality

— Prepare minutes of quarterly Board meetings and some sub-committee meetings

— Update documents pertaining to Board operations

Special Projects

— Assist with special events related to the operation of the Executive Director’s office, such as Director’s Circle events, art fairs, openings, dinners and lunches, both onsite and offsite

— Assist the Development Team in preparation for annual fundraising events as directed

— Manage special projects as needed for the Executive Director’s office including working closely with Development, Marketing, Finance and Program Departments on administrative tasks and / or logistics as needed

— Other duties as assigned

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

— Ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment

— Demonstrated administrative skills including proficiency in Gmail, Google Docs, Excel, and Word.

— Excellent communication skills and exemplary writing and proofreading abilities

— Ability to work independently and follow through on all assignments with minimal direction

— Ability to identify errors and quickly solve problems

— Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines and work with a fluctuating and dynamic schedule

— Ability to discreetly and tactfully recognize and handle sensitive and confidential information

— Experience with PatronManager / Salesforce preferred

This is a full time, non-exempt position. Salary is $40,000 based on prior experience. CMA offers a competitive benefits package.

Working Conditions: We are a motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. Occasional weekend or evening hours are required of all staff. CMA is a fun and exciting place to work and there is room for promotion and growth.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to HR@cmany.org with “Executive Assistant / Office Manager” as the subject. 

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Director of Finance & Administration

Description and Qualifications

Children’s Museum of the Arts is seeking an experienced Director of Finance & Administration. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance & Administration plays a central and fundamental role in the daily operations of the museum and works closely with all departments.

Managing a part time bookkeeper, the successful candidate will be comfortable working in both strategic and hands-on capacities; will be a collaborative thinker and will feel comfortable working in a fast-paced environment that requires simultaneous attention to different projects and responsibilities; and will enjoy working across departments and with colleagues with varying levels of financial knowledge and experience.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Finance

— Oversee all financial operations and manage financial planning and strategy.

— Oversee financial system, internal controls and recordkeeping; manage restricted funds release schedule, cash flow and forecasting. Prepare projections and variance reports.

—  Supervise the senior bookkeeper and be prepared to assist with the day-to-day accounting functions as needed, including payroll, accounts payable and receivables, journal entries, reviewing and coding invoices, and expense and check requests

— Analyze balance sheets and income accounts each month. Manage general banking, securities, and checking accounts.

— Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports for the Executive Director and the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.

— Support department staff to develop and monitor program budgets for grant reporting and internal planning.

— Serve as point of contact for annual organization-wide financial statement audit and preparation of the annual Form 990, working with the bookkeeper to prepare supporting schedules and providing backup documentation as requested.

Human Resources

— Provide leadership for all HR activities including training and development, recruitment and retention, and conflict resolution.

— Oversee hiring process, onboard new employees, manage complaint process for HR-related issues.

— Evaluate and maintain employee handbook ensuring legal compliance and best practices in HR administration.

— Manage benefits, communicate with insurance broker, track paid time off, and maintain personnel files.

— Serve as primary Labor Relations Officer and provide day-to-day administration and interpretation of CMA’s collective bargaining agreement.

— Coordinate year-round trainings for sexual harassment, first aid, diversity and inclusion, and other applicable trainings.

Administration & Operations

— Manage the IT resources and vendor relationships, including network and server infrastructure, telecommunications, telephone services, and security systems.

— Manage all insurance policies for CMA and their annual review.

— Maintain office equipment and supplies.

— Maintain compliance for all applicable building safety codes, manage and coordinate all required inspections for all facilities equipment and operating systems as per City, State and Federal regulatory agencies.

— Manage building repairs and upgrades performed by outside contractors.

Qualifications and Skills

— Progressive, relevant experience in budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, financial management and reporting.

— Direct experience in managing annual nonprofit audit.

— Experience with personnel practices and human resources, HRCI or SHRM certification a plus.

— An effective communicator, especially of financial detail, with the ability to translate financials into clear data and arguments for guiding decision-making and innovation by staff, board members and donors.

— A collaborative and flexible style; needs to be an active and engaged team player.

— Experience with QuickBooks Online, Salesforce, and Paychex preferred.

— Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in accounting, business administration, finance, or a related field or an equivalent combination of professional training and experience.

Working Conditions: We are a motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. Occasional weekend or evening hours are required of all staff. CMA is a fun and exciting place to work and there is room for promotion and growth.

This is a full time exempt position. CMA offers a competitive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to hr@cmany.org with subject line “Director of Finance & Administration”

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by phone or email for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Support Instructor for Summer Studio Program (Fine Arts)

Description and Qualifications

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) seeks practicing artists with experience teaching students aged 6-12 for in-person teaching opportunities. 

CMA Support Instructors uphold CMA’s mission by supporting engaging learning opportunities through the arts for students enrolled in our Summer Studio Programs. These programs take place at CMA in-person starting on July 26 and ending on August 27 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit to both months. Additionally, studio programs will only run if our minimum enrollment is met. The Support Instructor for Summer Studio Programs reports to the Director of Programs.

To love this role, here’s the type of person you are:

— You’re a teacher at heart and enjoy exploring concepts and ideas with children.

— You’re passionate about solving problems and helping people.

— You’re incredibly positive and enjoy making another person’s day.

— You’re an excellent communicator who makes sure nothing slips through the cracks.

— You’re a self-starter who loves taking initiative and seeing projects through to completion.

— You have the curiosity and desire to learn and grow your skills.

— You take pride in the quality and craftsmanship of your work rather than just doing it to get it done.

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

— Support live, in-person art lessons in Fine Arts, including drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture

— Assist with facilitating structured playtime at the beginning and end of the day

— Encourage students to apply their observations, reflections, critical thinking, and creativity to making their own works of art using CMA’s pedagogy Look, Make, Share

— Assist in implementing age-appropriate, engaging curriculum based on Look, Make, Share

Assist with implementing effective classroom management strategies and an organized class structure 

— Assist with motivating students by using interdisciplinary themes and encouraging them to make connections to their lives and the world around them 

— Assist with field trips and other outdoor activities

— Communicate effectively with Programs Staff and follow all CMA procedures

— Attend professional development trainings and meetings 

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

— A minimum of one year’s experience working with children (ages 6-12) in drawing, illustration or sculpture in a classroom setting

— A passion for Fine Arts and its history

— Commitment to efficient, equitable choice processes and excellent customer service

— Comfortable working in a public setting with large volumes of people, particularly children ages 6-12

— Be eager to learn and incorporate CMA pedagogy, as well as new tools, equipment, and techniques

— Ability to write sequential lessons as a part of curriculum design, embedded with complimentary classroom management and inclusion strategies

— Have the ability to commit to scheduled Summer Studio Programs from July 12 to August 27

— Confidence in front of a classroom

— Experience teaching summer camps or other summer educational programs

— Experience scaffolding and pacing instruction for a variety of ages, developmental abilities, and prior art-making experience

— Outgoing, engaging, and entertaining personality

— BA or BFA in fine art, studio art, illustration, or related field

— Bilingual candidates preferred

— Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of students

— The drive to solve problems creatively and independently

— Be reliable, punctual, honest, funny, fun, spontaneous, remarkable, and kind

This is an hourly, seasonal position with a starting rate of $20-25 / hour based on experience.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a personal portfolio demonstrating experience to Raquel at rdutoit@cmany.org with subject line: “Support Instructor: Summer Studio Program (Fine Arts)”

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

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